Coming off the first home loss since mid-January, the Nuggets will look to regain momentum Friday night in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors dissected the Nuggets perimeter defense with a flurry of jump shots: GSW hit 64.6 percent of their shots in Game 2.
- George Karl hinted Friday morning at the possibility of starting Wilson Chandler at the 4 and Faried at center, but nothing is imminent. UPDATED* — Chandler to start at Center with Faried at the 4.
- Stephen Curry is a game-time decision, per the DenverPost, but I’d be shocked if he didn’t play.
- Where? Oracle Arena — Oakland, California
- When? 10:30 ET — ESPN2
- PG – Ty Lawson
- SG – Evan Fournier
- SF – Andre Iguodala
- PF – Kenneth Faried
- C – Wilson Chandler
Don’t be surprised if this is completely wrong. There’s been rumblings that Andre Miller could start at the 2 and George Karl could pull the plug on any lineup changes he hinted at, like Mark Jackson did in Game 2.
- PG – Jarrett Jack
- SG – Steph Curry [despite reports, I find it hard to believe that Curry won't start and play 38+ minutes in Game 3]
- SF – Klay Thompson
- PF – Harrison Barnes
- C – Andrew Bogut
The Warriors won’t shoot nearly as well as they did in Game 2. There’s absolutely no way that Karl allows the Nuggets’ pick-and-roll defense to be half as bad as it was last time out. But if the Nuggets fall on their face, they could be in a world of trouble. The Warriors’ confidence is at an all-time high with how well they played last game and they really feel like this is now their series to lose. I think the Nuggets rotation is going to shorten up: Koufos and McGee struggled on the boards and in defending the pick-and-roll and I can’t see them getting many minutes against Golden State’s small-ball lineup. I’ve got a feeling Karl has some tricks up his sleeves: maybe we’ll see Jordan Hamilton get some minutes at the 4 to match up with Harrison Barnes? I don’t know. But I do know the Nuggets won’t play nearly as poorly and Golden State won’t shoot the lights out like they did in Game 2. Nuggets steal Game 3 105-103.
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